Thursday, January 31, 2013

Some glamour shots

The thing about glamour shots is that they are tight, zoomed-in shots that mostly exclude. I suppose every gardener dreams of whole garden glamour shots. Someday – maybe this spring, I hope – mine will be wide, all-inclusive ones. The very thought of it makes my heart skip. However, now in the dead of winter I only have small spots of glamour scattered around the garden. I always fear that tight shots give a false impression of my garden, and that if someone actually strolled through it after seeing a post like this, they’d think I had lied and wonder where all those beautiful roses are. Well, they’re there – a couple on this bush, one on that bush, mostly few and far between, but their scarcity only makes them more precious and makes me all the more impressed with a rose that can produce such beauty when all around it others are sleeping.

'Maggie' is coming into her own a year after being planted as a tiny rooted cutting. The cane that holds this bouquet is about 3-1/2 feet tall and vertical. Her flowers have no white or light pink in them. Unfortunately, the coloring in this photo is a figment of my camera's imagination, and I can't correct it, but this is her first such bloom cluster and I simply must post it. She is fastastically fragrant, too. Can't wait to see her growth this year.
The femme fatale of my garden is, of course, 'Souvenir de la Malmaison' .
SDLM cycles quickly from flush to flush, and I wouldn't be without her even if her ugly stage does at times tempt me to reduce her numbers from three to two or maybe even one. The ugly stage only lasts a matter of days, so I buck up and wait for the beauty to reappear almost magically.
When she re-clothes herself with deep green foliage and her big, round buds appear everywhere, I say to myself, "See! What were you thinking?"
'Le Vesuve' is definitely struggling with her health, and unfortunately, this gardener hasn't much of a clue as to why, but she has two blooms on her now. Somehow I managed to get the setting sun behind me in this photo. I can't figure out where the reflection is coming from.
Here's 'Maggie' again. Her color is a deeper crimson than in this photo..
Not a great pic of 'Clotilde Soupert', the bush. These all-white blooms are more summer-like and a little puzzling. Since her foliage is a bit yellowish perhaps she's showing her need for food. She's trying to flush with our recent warm weather, and I just don't think she's got enough energy to pull it off. Soon I'll be pruning her and the January feeding will be kicking in and she'll be off to the races. Of course, I could be totally wrong in my analysis - just guessing.
Now here's 'Clotilde Soupert, Climbing' showing us more typical cool-weather blooms.
Another cluster of Climbing CS. So fragrant as well as beautiful.
'Hermosa' is a great small bush, only reaching about 3-1/2 feet tall and a couple of feet wide in my garden. I have three of them planted together. In the spring they are continuously covered with pepto pink flowers and are quite breathtaking. They have a peppery sweet fragrance courtesy of their China heritage.
'Madame Abel Chatenay' surprisingly has a single bloom on her nearly naked body and one bud. I thought I would be pruning bare canes, but she is leafing out a little. You can see why she's my Belle of the Ball.
I had to snap this pic of the first bud of  'Belinda's Dream'. Fuzzy focus in the waning light but exciting nonetheless.
Talk about exciting!! 'Rosette Delizy' is giving me palpatations. Planted last November, I think, she is really filling out and has lots of flower buds on the tips of her new canes. She's between Maggie and Madame Lombard, so I think her yellow/carmine pink combination will be lovely in this part of the front garden especially with yellow daylily 'Sherry Lane Carr' very nearby.
Here's a tall shot of the lower part of  'Clotilde Soupert, Climbing'. I like the way she blooms in the middle of herself and not just at the ends. She's only a couple of years old, so her blooming will only get better. I wonder what her spring flush will look like.
Granted it's not really black spot season, but I am so pleased with 'Hot Cocoa'. Being a grafted rose and an older plant than my typical own-root bands is making for some unexpected instant gratification. She's shooting up a nice, strong cane already.
The lovely 'Mrs B R Cant' is actually a deeper raspberry than she appears here.
'Bolero 2004' is one of my new $7 grafted modern roses that I got at Lowe's. Several flower buds offer more instant gratification if they survive the rest of our winter.
This rose may or may not be a mistake on the gardener's part. First of all, she is a bareroot grafted rose ($5.98 at Home Depot) that had already broken dormancy and was sprouting new canes which I thought was a good thing. Upon further education on the subject, I learned it may not be "productive growth", but I'm not sure what that means exactly. I bought this 'Perfume Delight' fragrant Hybrid Tea in my recent mini buying-binge of cheap fragrant modern roses, and I think 'Pink Peace' might have been a better choice, disease-wise. But I didn't want to just throw her away, so off we go on our adventure together. She's in a pot because there's no more ground available.
So I'm just going to sit back and watch what happens. Basically, "new growth" is always a good thing - in the plant and in the gardener who is spreading her wings beyond OGRs at least a for a little while. Feels like a Star Trek episode - boldly going where no man has gone before.
This is 'Heirloom', a bareroot from Aldi that to this novice seems to be a better quality plant than the Home Depot rose with more canes, less wax and no growth at time of purchase. It was inside in air conditioning whereas Home Depot's were outside under shade cloth. This new modern bed is the former fish pond. Two whites (Bolero 2004 and Pope John Paul II) and the deep lavender Heirloom will be pretty together with daylilies and a purply 'Le Baron' dahlia.
The winter shadow cast by the house is slowly moving closer to the house. Eventually, it will move several feet to the left of this photo with only two or three feet of shadow remaining and a sun-drenched patio. The cool shade is nice, but the spring sun's arrival will be most welcome.
I so enjoy this side of the back garden, but it seems it is forever in transition. There are three new roses in the bed along the fence - 'Vanity', 'The Charlatan' and 'Moondance', and poor 'Alexander Hill Gray' took a near-death spiral after I moved him a few feet last November. He's finally coming around. 'Duchesse de'Auerstadt' is on the arbor on the left with clematis 'Venosa Violacea' and 'General Gallieni' is at the far right. 'Pat Austin' still resides in the clay pot, not doing much but noticeably more vertical recently. Photos always look like an indistinct jumble, but here it is anyway.
My blogging seems to have shifted to midday. Seems like I should be outside in the garden not inside on the computer, so that’s where I’m headed now. It’s time to get out the 8-foot ladder and the long grabber, because the climbers all need to be tied up again. Oh, joy! One of my least favorite tasks that I always procrastinate on and that always seems to come un-done and need to be redone - sort of like cleaning the toilet and about as enjoyable. That's no way to end a blog post, is it? Okay, attitude adjustment coming. Gardening isn't all pretty flowers and peaceful strolling. There is also strenuous work involved which I accept easily on the ground, but eight feet in the air is another animal altogether. Suck it up, woman, and get to it. When it's done, you'll love it!!


  1. Grrr....buds already? It's 20 degrees here, and I'm thankful at the end of January that is the worst that I've seen. No buds for 3 months here.

    1. Professor, please keep your growling very quiet. We don't want to wake Old Man Winter. A cold front just whizzed through last night but apparently it's a mild one since only a low of 36 degrees is expected tonight. Right now it's chilly for us, 63.3 degrees. Just keep repeating, "There's no place like home. I love Kansas."

  2. Thanks so much Sherry for giving us a sneak peak of things to come......

    1. You know I love to please my rosey friends. I like to imagine all of the gasps happening out there in the blogosphere.

  3. I am gasping already, Sherry :) Beautiful !

    1. You're too funny, Dani. The roses thank you!

  4. I see you have Belinda's dream...and I did hear you mention the Louise Philippe. If you asked me if I like pink roses, I would say sometimes. Although not my favorite when it's a beautiful rose overall. I deeply like them. I was looking for Belinda's Dream yesterday, couldn't find her but it is my understand they do well in our hot climate.

    The pictures are gorgeous, by the way.

    1. Janie, Belinda's Dream had me at hello. When I walked up to her at the nursery, her four or five huge blooms took my breathe away. As far as the color pink goes, it would be almost impossible for a warm-climate OGR gardener not to be loaded with pinks. One spring day I arrived home from work and looked across the intersection at my front yard and it hit me how much it looked like an overdone little girl's bedroom. Lots of mixed feelings. Louis Philippe and Belinda's Dream are great roses for the hot south.

  5. It it wonderful to see roses in January, since mine are sleeping (and covered in a dusting of snow this morning). I knew instantly that your first photo was Maggie. She is one of my very favorites, though she blackspots here. Play around with your camera, and try to photograph Maggie (and your other reddish roses) in the soft light of a high overcast ... not shade. It took me forever to get a photo of Maggie that shows her true color, and I have yet to capture one that shows the true red of 'Black Ice'. I keep trying, and so should you. (go to this blog post to see a photo of Maggie, nestled in a cluster of 'Champneys' Pink Cluster'

    1. Connie, I am really excited to have Maggie again. She will probably have BS here, too. Possibly she'll outgrow it since it seems to be unanimous that she's a great rose here, but I'll have to be patient about that. I SP'd her once for that reason, but I won't do it again. She's a thrilling rose. This photo was taken after sundown in that 'golden hour', so I was a little surprised she didn't turn out redder. I'm going to have to do some research on the subject of reds. I do think different camera brands handle reds better than others. Thanks for the link. I love your rose tunnel. That will be a heart-stopper this year.